After Irma, the Island of Barbuda Remains Deserted


After Irma, the Island of Barbuda Remains Deserted

"Not a single living person" remains on the Caribbean island of Barbuda following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, the island's ambassador to the US says.

Special measures have been taken in Barbuda, as the island was completely devastated by the storm, while the next hurricane on the list, Jose, may be on its way.

Irma's force was Category 5 plus, with winds gusting up to 220 miles per hour; much stronger than the force with which it tossed property aside when it stormed into Florida as Category 4, waning to Category 2.

Download the Nigeria Today app from Play store. "We're going to have to keep this going for sometime because Barbuda's not going to be rebuilt in a hurry, and when we do rebuild it, we're going to have to rebuild to massive hurricane standards".

"They're anxious to go back home". Thus, only Irma's outer bands hit Antigua.

Medical supplies were provided by Anguilla's Government through the Cayman Island Health Services Authority, Health City Cayman Islands, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital and other local pharmacies.

There are lessons for the entire Caribbean to learn from the Antigua and Barbuda experience.

As reported by CNN, Sanders, who has been the USA ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda since 2015, said the damage from the storm "was complete", adding that there is not one single living person on the island.

"We'll have this money, if they say we need construction materials or mattresses, that's what we'll buy".

On September 8, Browne launched a mandatory #evacuation order to move every resident to safety in Antigua, where they are living in government facilities and nursing homes under cramped conditions. He says he believes the country can use all the help it can get. He urged as many countries as possible to help restore the life of Barbuda.

In future, all Caribbean countries have to cater for a humanitarian crisis. Therefore, preparations will have to include stockpiling food, water, medicines and other essentials long before storms arrive on their shores. The green vegetation could have been ripped away by the storm's winds, showing more bare ground on the satellite images.

"We are a small island community-the gross domestic product of Antigua is $1 billion a year". According to Sanders, Barbuda generates annual revenues of about United States dollars 1 billion, but he thinks they will not be able to recover the island. "We have now to be able to cope with it", Sanders told PRI.